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Maurice E Decker - 11/23/2014

Maurice E Decker

Maurice E Decker, age 72, of Salem Illinois passed away November 19, 2014 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.  He was a Woodworker, artist, and craftsman.  He was a Veteran of the Navy serving from 1959 to 1963.  He was a member of Lovell's Grove Christian Church and the American Legion.

Funeral Services for Maurice Decker will be held at Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home in Salem on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 2:00 PM.  Interment at 1880 Cemetery in Omega.  There will be military rites by the Salem American Legion.  Visitation will be from noon to two on Sunday.  Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans and will be received at the Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home in Salem.  

Maurice Decker is survived by his wife - Lilly Decker of Salem; his son - Troy Martin Decker and wife Kathy of Salem; Daughter - Tonya Decker Arnold and husband John of Salem;  Brothers - Ronald Decker and Carolyn of Pierron;  LeRoy Decker and wife Kristyn of New Harmony, UT;  Lester Decker of Bedford, VA;  Robert Decker and wife Wanda of Sadorus; Randy Decker and wife Mona of Middletown MD;  Sister - Dee Wantland and husband Bill of Salem;  Grandchildren - Gunner Decker, Charli Decker, Sydney Hawkins, Atlee Hargis, Michael Arnold, and Grant Arnold; Great-grandchildren:  Spencer Hawkins, Allison Hawkins, and Sophie Frieman.

Maurice Decker was born June 5, 1942 in Salem, Illinois son of Earl and Dona Decker.  He was preceded in death by a sister - Phyllis Jean McGee and 4 brothers - Earl Jr, Darrell, Richard, and Larry Decker.

Wayne R. Gowler - 11/23/2014

Wayne R. Gowler

Wayne Ray Gowler went to be with the Lord, November 11, 2014 at the Select Specialty Hospital, Evansville, IN.  Wayne attended Salem Community High School.  He served in the United States Navy.  He was an outstanding auto mechanic, working many years in management for a tire distributor. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Salem.  He lived many years in Chico, California where he enjoyed riding with the Hell's Angels.

Graveside funeral services for Wayne Ray Gowler will be 2:00 P.M., November 23 at the Opdyke Cemetery with Rev. Craig Price officiating. Military Honors will be accorded at the graveside by the Mt. Vernon American Legion Post.  Family and friends will meet at the cemetery.  There will be no public visitation.  Memorials may be made to the Opdyke Cemetery and will be accepted by the Rankin Funeral Home who is in charge of arrangements.

Surviving him is his mother, Betty Floyd Sisson of Walnut Hill, IL.  Also his sisters, Rebecca Gadus and husband David of Willow Park, TX and Sara Black-Holder of Salem.  Two brothers, Scott Scrivner and wife Brenda of Hoyleton, and Kent Scrivner and wife Marie of Victoria, TX.  Also many nieces and nephews.

Born in Mt. Vernon, he was the son of Billy Ray Gowler and Betty Floyd Sisson.  In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by step-dad Charles S. Sisson; grandfather Wayne Floyd, and grandparents Helen and Bob Jones, and Ray and Beulah Gowler.

Bret "BJ" Henkel II - 11/22/2014

Bret "BJ" Henkel II

Bret "BJ" Henkel II, 22 of Centralia, died Wednesday, November 19, 2014, in Dix. He graduated from Central City Grade School and Carlyle High School, where he played football.  He loved fishing.

Funeral Services for Mr. Henkel will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 22, 2014, at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix, with Rev. Keith Michaels officiating.  Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Saturday, November 22, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Henkel Family, and will be accepted at the service or by mail to Osborn Funeral Home, P.O. Box 130, Dix, Illinois 62830.  Online condolences may be made at www.osbornfuneralhomeinc.com.

He is survived by his father, Bret Henkel and wife Kim of Huey;  his mother, Lisa Sargent and friend Amy of Centralia;  one brother, Kody Henkel of Huey;  two sisters, Jenna Edwards and husband Mike of Centralia, and Kortnie Henkel of Huey;  two nephews, Carter and Ryan Edwards;  one grandfather, Butch Sussen of Hoffman;  grandmother, Kay Zimmerman and husband Larry of Centralia; and step-grandparents David and Edith Huene of Carlyle; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was born February 15, 1992, in Breese, Illinois, the son of Bret J. Henkel and Lisa (Cook) Sargent.  He was preceded in death by one grandmother, Sharon Sussen. 

Irene Lichter - 11/22/2014

Irene Lichter

Irene Marie Lichter, 96 of Centralia, passed away Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Bethesda Southgate in St. Louis, MO.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Irene Marie Lichter will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM with a visitation from 9:30-10:30 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Centralia with Father Dale Maxfield officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Centralia. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made in Irene’s name to the St. Mary’s Catholic School and will be accepted at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia, which is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.sutherlandfuneralhome.com.

Irene Lichter is survived by a daughter, Carol Siesener and husband Robert of St. Louis, MO; three grandchildren: Stephen Siesener and wife Monica of St. Louis, MO, Angela Siesener Wilhite of St. Louis, MO, and Amy and husband Tim Brake of St. Louis, MO; four great-grandchildren: Hannah Wilhite, Logan Wilhite, Jack Siesener and Audrey Siesener; a sister, Ethel Litzenberger of Denver, CO; a half sister, Dianna Cotter of La Cross, KS; several nieces and nephews.

Irene was born July 12, 1918 in Rush Center, Kansas, Daughter of William Sell & Clara (Panek) Sell. She married Joseph Lichter on February 20, 1950 in Timken, Kansas and he preceded her in death on January 29, 2008.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers: Lee Sell, Lester Sell, George Sell and Richard Sell.

Dorothea Kunstman - 11/21/2014

Dorothea Kunstman

Dorthea Kunstman, age 75, of Salem, died Sunday, November 16th, 2014, at Christian Northeast Hospital in St. Louis.  She drove a school bus, worked in food services and at Salem Township Hospital and was a foster mother.  Dorthea was a member of the Youngs Chapel Church.  

Funeral services for Dorthea Kuntsman will be held at ten Friday morning at the Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home in Salem, with Steve Bratton and Rusty Courson officiating.  Burial will be in the Bell Cemetery.  Visitation will be after nine Friday morning until the time of the service.  Memorials may be made to her granddaughter's College Fund.  

Survivors include son:  Victor Kuntsman of Salem; daughter:  Loleta Duncan and husband Alfred of Deland; foster son:  Kent Baldwin and wife Michelle of Carpentersville; three sisters:  Irene Crumpacker of Virginia; Frances McCracken of Urbana; Helen Jennings of Missouri, sister-in-law:  Trudy Hines of Missouri, five grandchildren:  Sierra Smith, Ralene, Aaron, Thomas and Lela Baldwin and two great grandchildren.  

Dorthea Florence Kunstman was born on June 6th, 1939 in Chillicothe, Missouri.  She was the daughter of Dallas Hines and Winnifred (Derringer) Hines.  She married Roger Kunstman on May 3rd, 1957 in Missouri. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two brothers:  Bud and John Hines.  

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